What is Functional Medicine?

The Way Of The Future
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas Edison

Approaching health through natural medicine has been a long time coming! While conventional medicine certainly has a place, a functional approach is better suited for chronic conditions and getting to the root of the cause, not just masking it.

Individual-centered care is what sets natural medicine above all else. This integrative, holistic, science-based approach has been noted as the way to health for centuries.

Our goal is to share with you an in-depth look into what it means to approach health from a functional perspective, why it’s our preferred approach, and how it helps, which is why we invite you to attend our next webinar, Why Functional Medicine?, on Saturday, July 14th at 10:00 am CDT.

During this experience, we will discuss the difference between conventional vs functional medicine and which health challenges we effectively support.

We can’t wait to share the future of healthcare with you!

Can’t Wait To Share With You On Saturday, July 14th At 10:00 am CDT!


Autoimmune Matrix – Live Training!

The current medical approach to autoimmune disease is masking the symptoms and suppressing the immune system. With this method, it is no surprise that many believe these diseases are beyond our control. However, with the proper protocol of addressing your chemical, physical, and emotional health, you can definitely alter your immune function in your favor. Treatment is possible when treatment is functional!

Why Is This Important?

Health is represented in different forms such as chemical, physical, and emotional and it is imperative to address all of these simultaneously in order to achieve optimal health. However, this is ignored in the current medical model used today. Fortunately, the field of functional medicine closes these gaps and directs patients to truly achieve and sustain wellness.

This is especially apparent with autoimmune diseases as any of these diseases have been written off as something beyond our control even though research supports that most of these complications are results of lifestyle choices. These findings have completely flipped the perspective of those suffering from helpless to empowered to take on the fight against autoimmunity!



Common Misconceptions of Autoimmunity

#1: Autoimmune diseases cannot be reversed.

While genes do come into play with autoimmune diseases, we also have control over how our genes are expressed. According to the field of epigenetics, our environment, lifestyle choices, and dietary habits, all have the ability to turn on certain genes that can cause the development of autoimmune complications. Therefore, research has proven that autoimmune diseases can indeed be reversed with the proper gene expression.

#2: Autoimmune diseases are a product of your genes, not your environment.

Research has supported that environmental factors are responsible for autoimmune diseases. Many things such as climate, toxin exposure, infections, and poor diets can all contribute to the onset of autoimmunity.

#3: Medication is required for any relief.

Although conventional medicine believes the only true weapon against autoimmunity is drugs, research has shown that there are many effective, alternative treatments. These include, but are not limited to, dietary changes, supplementation, and stress management.

#4: Gut health is unrelated to immune health.

A large majority of the immune system is found in the gut! To think of these two health concerns as separate entities is a serious flaw in the conventional medical model used today. In short, in order to heal the immune system, you must heal the gut.

#5: Dietary changes make no difference once you have an autoimmune disorder.

Dietary changes that benefit your gastrointestinal health provide a multitude of benefits for your immune system. Ignoring this fact is irresponsible for the efforts of treating autoimmunity.

#6: Autoimmune complications guarantee a poor quality of life.

While many autoimmune diseases do have complications that one may experience on a regular basis, it does not mean an overall poor quality of life is synonymous with autoimmune conditions. In fact, with the proper treatment and maintenance regimens, many of these complications can subside (or disappear completely) and therefore, you are NOT doomed to a poor quality of life as you may have been led to believe.

#7: It is impossible to alter your immune function.

Hosted by:

Salena Rothenberger, CHC, CFMP

Take Control Of Your Health

Join us to get clear on how you can reverse (and even prevent!) autoimmune diseases at our next webinar, The Autoimmune Matrix, on Saturday, June 30th at 10:00 am CDT. During this experience, you will finally get the chance to take control of your health by getting to the root of autoimmunity, addressing deficiencies, and becoming a more active participant in your healing process.

As holistic healthcare practitioners, our job is to identify the underlying causes, imbalances, and dysfunctions within your body. We, then, work as a partner in your health to remove the issues, replenish your body’s specific needs, and instill the confidence in you to finally regain control of your health.

Will you be joining us?

This is guaranteed to be life changing!

Can’t Wait To Share With You On Saturday, June 30th At 10:00 am CDT!

The most important thing we can do for our health

I came across this on facebook and it is one of my all time favorite posts- hugs are POWERFUL and much needed when dealing with any type of health issue… Have you had your hugs today?


Sensational Tuna Salad

Look what my children surprised me with for lunch today!  It was absolutely SENSATIONAL!  I think they are ready to use our summer vegetables and couldn’t pass up this colorful, scrumptious combination!

Sensational Tuna Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: super easy
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Sensational, super easy tuna salad.

Credit: The Functional Perspective
Inspired by: Family original!


  • 2 cans of Tuna
  • 1-2 Apples – diced
  • 5-6 Sweet Peppers – diced
  • 3 Stalks of Celery – diced
  • 1/2 can of Olives – chopped
  • 1/8 cup of Onion – chopped
  • Olive oil or other oil to taste
  • optional: Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries


  1. Rinse and chop vegetables and mix all ingredients in a bowl. Serve with lettuce for a great lunch during hot summer months!

5 Keys To Restoring Health Naturally!

In case you haven’t noticed we have an epidemic of adverse health among our entire population in the US.  The saddest part is our children are now worse off than their parents 😦  It is very clear how we have been approaching health is not working – it is long past the time we change how we address one of the most precious commodities – life.

familyThis is why I put this presentation together.  I am tired of seeing the suffering and struggles familes are going through as they attempt to overcome chronic, debilitating health issues in their children’s lives and mothers health declining in the process.   I know there are many who have experienced the failures of the conventional model and have sought alternative methods.   Unfortunately, there are many who are still spinning in circles.

It is not sufficient to change out pharma for herbs and expect to overcome chronic health issues – we have to make greater shifts in our approach.  I cover these shifts in this 45 minute seminar – it’s on-demand and available at no charge.   If you are looking to take charge and turn your or a loved ones health around once and for all, this is a must watch presentation.  If you have loved ones struggling despite taking “natural” approaches please share this with them and join me in helping spread health and wellness to everyone across the globe!

Watch the presentation here: 5 Keys To Restoring Health Naturally

In health,


It’s almost here!

We are unveiling the new site!  Here is a link to it and will be working on connecting it with this wordpress blog/site as well  – hop on over and check out the new site and let me know what you think 🙂  http://www.theFunctionalPerspective.com


Food for LIFE! FREE Lunch & Learn

Struggling with Diabetes or other chronic health issue? Looking for natural ways to restore health and vitality? Join me at Magnolia Court where Lucy Richardson, RN and I will share simple ways to improve health through not just food but also by supporting other areas of our life.super mom - super child

This is a FREE event but you MUST RSVP as there will be food and we need to know how many to prepare for. (Be sure to share this with friends and family!)



You may call or text either: 936-463-0272 or 936-371-9428 to RSVP

Breakfast “pudding”

Another delicious breakfast, comfort food 🙂

Delicious Breakfast 'Pudding'

Delicious Breakfast 'Pudding'

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Delicious Breakfast 'Pudding'


  • 1 T grass-fed butter
  • 2 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 3 T chia seeds
  • 3 T ground flax seed
  • Optional Toppings:

  • chopped pecans
  • chopped almonds
  • hemp hearts
  • fresh berries
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a medium sauce pan on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 cup of coconut milk, chia seed and flax.
  2. Stir Continuously, adding in the remaing coconut/nut milk until thick (around 3-4 min)
  3. Pour in bowl and top with berries, nuts and/or other seeds
  4. Enjoy!

Super easy grain-free “Oatmeal”

There is nothing like a warm breakfast that is filled with scrumptious flavors!!!

Super easy grain-free 'oatmeal'

Super Easy Grain-free 'Oatmeal'

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Super easy grain-free 'oatmeal'


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw nut mixture of almonds and pecans soaked
  • 1/2 cup coconut or nut milk
  • 1 pitted medjool date, soaked for 10 minutes in hot water
  • 3-4 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries
  • 1 tsp grass-fed butter (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  1. In high powered blender blend up coconut flakes, chia and nuts
  2. add in date and ‘milk’ blend well
  3. serve warm or cold – topped with berries

Introductory to Overcoming Digestive Challenges

Don’t Become Part Of This Uncomfortable Statistic…

Nearly 4%-10% of adults experience symptoms of acid reflux or GERD on a daily basis, and in Western countries, up to 30% of adults experience symptoms weekly. Over 50% of infants experience significant reflux at some point.

The symptom list for acid reflux and GERD is long and varied, but some of the most widely experienced are:

– A burning sensation in the chest (heartburn), usually after eating, which might be worse at night
– Chest pain
– Difficulty swallowing
– Regurgitation of food or sour liquid
– Sensation of a lump in your throat

There are many causes for the symptoms above, including eating before bed, eating too much, chronic stress, food sensitivity, and even being overweight. And often people turn to over-the-counter medications to find relief. Unfortunately, many of those medications only treat the symptoms and do not address the cause.

Thankfully, there are natural solutions to finding relief from acid reflux and GERD, which is why we invite you to join us for Overcoming Digestive Challenges on Saturday, April 14th at 7:00 pm CDT.

Register HERE